Hockey

Bedard highlights 29 invitees for upcoming Canadian world junior selection camp

Connor Bedard is among 10 Canadian players hoping to win their second world junior hockey championship in six months when the team opens its selection camp for the 2023 tourney on Friday in Moncton, N.B.

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Connor Bedard was one of 10 returning players named to Canada's world junior selection camp roster on Monday. The team opens its title defence on Dec. 26 in Halifax and Moncton, N.B. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

Connor Bedard is among 10 Canadian players hoping to win their second world junior hockey championship in six months when the team opens its selection camp for the 2023 tourney on Friday in Moncton, N.B.

Hockey Canada released the list of 29 invitees looking to secure a roster spot for the under-20 tournament, which begins Dec. 26 in Moncton and Halifax.

Bedard, who has 64 points in 28 games with the Western Hockey League's Regina Pats this season, helped Canada win the 2022 tourney, which was held in August in Edmonton after being moved from its usual time due to an outbreak of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus last December.

Joining Bedard at camp will be fellow 2022 gold medallists Ethan Del Mastro, Nathan Gaucher, Riley Kidney, Carson Lambos, Zack Ostapchuk, Brennan Othmann, Joshua Roy, Logan Stankoven and Olen Zellweger.

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The final roster for the tournament will be announced Dec. 12.

Canada begins play on Boxing Day against the Czech Republic at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax.

Selection camp invitees

Goal:

  • Tyler Brennan, Prince George (WHL)
  • Benjamin Gaudreau, Sarnia (OHL)
  • Thomas Milic, Seattle (WHL)
  • William Rousseau, Quebec (QMJHL)

Defence:

  • Nolan Allan, Seattle
  • Ethan Del Mastro, Mississauga (OHL)
  • Tyson Hinds, Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
  • Kevin Korchinski, Seattle
  • Carson Lambos, Winnipeg (WHL)
  • Jack Matier, Ottawa (OHL)
  • Evan Nause, Quebec
  • Ethan Samson, Prince George
  • Olen Zellweger, Everett (WHL)

Forwards:

  • Caedan Bankier, Kamloops (WHL)
  • Owen Beck, Mississauga
  • Connor Bedard, Regina (WHL)
  • Zachary Bolduc, Quebec
  • Colton Dach, Kelowna (WHL)
  • Zach Dean, Gatineau (QMJHL)
  • Jordan Dumais, Halifax (QMJHL)
  • Adam Fantilli, University of Michigan (Big Ten)
  • Nathan Gaucher, Quebec
  • Ryan Greene, Boston University (HE)
  • Riley Kidney, Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)
  • Zack Ostapchuk, Vancouver (WHL)
  • Brennan Othmann, Peterborough (OHL)
  • Joshua Roy, Sherbrooke
  • Reid Schaefer, Seattle
  • Logan Stankoven, Kamloops

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